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  • 50 Cents 1974-2016, KM# 37, Belize, Elizabeth II
  • 50 Cents 1974-2016, KM# 37, Belize, Elizabeth II

Belize, formerly British Honduras, is an independent country on the eastern coast of Central America. Belize is bordered on the north by Mexico, on the south and west by Guatemala, and on the east by the Caribbean Sea.

Newer Issues (1992, 1993) sometimes referred to as KM# 118.


First crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the stylized heraldic Tudor Crown.

The Tudor Crown, also known as the King's Crown or Imperial Crown, is a widely used symbol in heraldry of the United Kingdom. While various crown symbols had been used for this purpose for many years previously, the specific Tudor Crown design was standardised at the request of Edward VII. It was never intended to represent any actual physical crown, although in shape it bears a close resemblance to the small diamond crown of Queen Victoria.

Upon the accession of Elizabeth II, she requested the design to be replaced with a representation of the St Edward's Crown (with depressed arches) which she wore at her coronation. Many, though not all, of the derived designs around the world were updated to match.

This portrait appeared on the obverse of the coins of Britain's colonies and dependencies (including Jersey), while only Britain and the Dominions (Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa) were allowed to use the uncrowned effigy.

Engraver: Cecil Thomas



Denomination within beaded circle. Outside inner circle are four sections, made of intertwined lines, date in lowest section.



50 Cents

1st portrait
KM# 37
Material Cupronickel
Weight 9.07 g
Diameter 27.74 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal

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